Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Can't Let Go by Gena Showalter

Title: Can't Let Go
Author: Gena Showalter
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Original Heartbreakers #5
Main Characters: Ryanne and Jude
Release Date: October 2017
Publisher: Harlequin
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter is back with a sizzling Original Heartbreakers tale about an icy war vet and the only woman capable of melting him…

With trust issues a mile long, Ryanne Wade has sworn off men.  Then Jude Laurent walks into her bar and all bets are off.  The former Army Ranger has suffered unimaginably, first being maimed in battle then losing his wife and daughters to a drunk driver. Making the brooding widower smile is priority one. Resisting him? Impossible.

To Jude, Ryanne is off limits. And yet the beautiful bartender who serves alcohol to potential motorists tempts him like no other. When a rival bar threatens her livelihood, and her life, he can’t turn away.  She triggers something in him he thought long buried, and he’s determined to protect her, whatever the cost.

As their already scorching attraction continues to heat, the damaged soldier knows he must let go of his past to hold on to his future...or risk losing the second chance he desperately needs.

My Review:
ooh, talk about sexual chemistry. Jude is a guy who NEVER wants to love again. He loved his wife and twin girls with everything he had. When they died, he had nothing left to give, nothing left that he wanted to give to anyone. He loved them completely and their deaths broke him. (seriously, how can you not fall in love with a hero like this?)

Ryanne is the local bar owner. BUT the local mob boss has decided that he doesn't want Ryanne in business anymore, so he's slowly terrorizing her and threatening her. So, she goes to Jude, who is already halfway guarding her bar already. 

There is a TON of emotion and underlying conflict in this book. Jude's family died because of a drunk driver that was served too much alcohol at a bar. He hates bars, but Ryanne is part of his "family" in that she's part of his circle of friends. That puts her under his protection, but Jude has made a ton of assumptions about Ryanne that are nowhere near right. As he works with her, he begins to realize that. Before he thought she was unfairly sexy, but as he begins to actually like her, his draw to her becomes undeniable. 

Gah...there were so many times I wanted to put this book down and simply weep for the pain that Jude has gone through. If you love books with broken heroes, omg, you will LOVE this one. 

Ryanne is one tough chick. I loved how she comes across as this confident flirt, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Ryanne is hiding some hurts, too, that have kept her from EVER making connections. She and Jude are fantastic together. He's protective of her. She pushes his limits. It makes for a great, sexy combination! I liked it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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